Empire Soundtrack Debut Goes Bust With Low Sales

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EMPIRE: Hakeem (Bryshere Gray, L) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett, R) perform in the “Our Dancing Days” episode airing Wednesday, Feb. 18 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX

 

Many are already addicted to Fox’s new hit music industry drama Empire – and its mesmerizing songs that stay with you for hours, but that wears off after a few hours.  Continue reading “Empire Soundtrack Debut Goes Bust With Low Sales”

Empire Ratings Tumble by 20 Percent

empiretv_s2e2_12After returning to near-record ratings a week ago, “Empire” on Wednesday night finally succumbed to the gravitational pull that asserts its influence over all broadcast TV shows. The second installment of Fox’s hip-hopera took a bit of a tumble, shedding approximately 2.5 million viewers and dropping nearly 20% of its premiere-episode adults 18-to-49.

According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, “Empire” averaged a 5.5 in the all-important demo, which marked an 18% drop from the preliminary 6.7 notched by the season premiere.

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For what it’s worth, most shows tend to drop between 15% and 20% between their first and second broadcasts. Some of those lost deliveries may be recaptured by time-shifting, but the only views likely to have an impact on ratings guarantees are in VOD or other streaming platforms that do not allow for skipping commercials.

While the “Empire” slippage is almost wholly irrelevant — its nearest competitor, ABC’s “Modern Family,” managed to eke out a 3.0 in the dollar demo — it does put an end to any talk that the show might repeat its unprecedented growth streak of a year ago. Since the Nielsen People Meters era began in 1991, no broadcast TV show had ever demonstrated uninterrupted weekly ratings growth… until “Empire” began subverting the laws of physics last winter.

 

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Bill Cosby Returns to TV

Bill Cosby returns to TV

Bill Cosby returns to TV

Bill Cosby, America’s favorite TV dad, will be returning to the airwaves this fall. Continuing his long-standing relationship with NBC, a deal was inked with Cosby for a half hour comedy show. The move promises to be successful because former “Cosby” show producers, Tom Werner and Marsey Carsey, are partners in the project.

The comedian will play the patriarch of a multigenerational family.

The show brings the 76-year-old comedian back to the same network where his groundbreaking 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show” had an eight-year run.

Cosby will be in familiar territory with the planned TV show. He will play the older father of a black family that has grown over the years, promising to give insight on current family issues.  Like the “Cosby Show” and “Cosby” which aired -80s, the family-themed show will be written to appeal to a broad audience in the current climate of America. In addition to the return to the sitcom world, Cosby will be bringing back the cartoon series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.”

Cosby’s career is in its fifth decade. He started out performing stand-up comedy in small clubs in Greenwich Village in New York. He eventually landed a pivotal co-starring role in the 1960s television series “I Spy,” where he was the first-ever African-American lead in a weekly dramatic series.

He won three best actor Emmy Awards for the role of undercover CIA Agent Alexander Scott.

Cosby received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He most recently received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which is awarded to performers who use comedy to influence American society.

Sources:CNN/RollingOut